February 2012

9 p.m. Monday, February 27 on E!

Tara and Karina try to determine the worth of some high-end blouses while, Wilson works with a quirky consignor.

Monday, February 27 at 8:30pm ET/PT (7:30CT, 9:30MT) on Citytv

“And the One-night Stands”

Max (Kat Dennings) joins Caroline (Beth Behrs) on a trip to visit her father in prison.

Monday February 27 – 8pm ET/PT on Global

House and the team battle to save a blind man (Michael B. Jordan) who is struck down by a mysterious illness, just prior to him proposing to his girlfriend. Meanwhile, House’s mother (Diane Baker) unexpectedly arrives at Princeton Plainsboro to inform House of her new beau (Billy Connolly).

Monday, February 27 at 8pm ET (9MT) on OMNI.2 (s/ABC) and OMNI Alberta (s/ABC); 6PT (10CT) on Citytv on Citytv

Ben and the final three bachelorettes head to Switzerland, the latest destination on their romantic journey around the world. While in the majestic country, Ben takes his ladies on exciting one-on-one dates that are followed by the ultimate temptation of the fantasy suite..But, before the romance fully ignites, a rejected bachelorette returns in search of closure, confronting Ben about his choice to send her home. Later, at another emotionally-charged and dramatic rose ceremony, Ben chooses the final two women who will join him in the remaining stage of his quest for love.

Monday, February 27 at 8pm ET/PT (7CT, 9MT) on Citytv

“Karma is a Bitch”

Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) tries to pursue Quinn (guest star Becki Newton, Ugly Betty), even after learning she is a stripper. Meanwhile, Marshall (Jason Segel) and Lily (Alyson Hannigan) introduce Robin (Cobie Smulders) to life in the suburbs, and Ted (Josh Radnor) tries to figure out what to do with Robin’s old room.

ACTRA Toronto is pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 ACTRA Awards in Toronto.

 

ACTRA Award for Outstanding Performance – Voice

Billy MacLellan (Afghanada)

ACTRA Award for Outstanding Performance – Female

Amy Price-Francis (King)

ACTRA Award for Outstanding Performance – Male

Christopher Plummer (Barrymore)

Peter Keleghan presented Rick Mercer with ACTRA Toronto’s 2012 Award of Excellence.

 

“If Christopher Plummer had the year he’s been having 30 years ago, we would say he’d been having a good year. But to have the kind of year he’s having at this stage of his career, is an inspiration to his fellow actors,” said Heather Allin, President of ACTRA Toronto. “The win for Billy MacLellan is, I believe, not only a tribute to his work, but a fitting tip of the hat to the end of this wonderful CBC radio drama series, Afghanada. Amy Price-Francis is a shining star, who carries the Canadian series, King, with wit and aplomb.”

In her remarks during the show, Ms Allin spoke about the Award of Excellence recipient, Rick Mercer. “We all know Rick Mercer is a funny man. But he’s also a strong voice for Canadian culture. He defies gravity, stands up to bullies, and speaks truth to power – all in a way that makes us laugh, think and dare to make a difference.”

 

AMY PRICE-FRANCIS (King) ACTRA Award for Outstanding Performance – Female

Film: Cake, Alien Tracker TV: Grey’s Anatomy, Criminal Minds, Chicago Code, Life Unexpected, The Mentalist, Nip/Tuck, The Cleaner, 24, Californication, Medium, Rumours, Corner Gas, Tilt, Show Me Yours, Snakes & Ladders, Train 48, Tracker.

 

CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER (Barrymore) ACTRA Award for Outstanding Performance – Male

Companion of the Order of Canada. Oscar nominations for The Last Station and Beginners. Emmy Awards for Madeline¸ Arthur Hailey’s The Moneychangers. Genie Award for Murder by Decree. For Beginners: Golden Globe Award, SAG Award, Critics Choice Movie Award, Hollywood Film Festival Award, LA Film Critics Association Award, National Board of Review Award, Online Film Critics Award, Southeastern Film Critics Association Award, Toronto Film Critics Association Award, Gotham Award (shared with ensemble). Boston Society of Film Critics Award, LA Film Critics Association Award, National Society of Film Critics Award for The Insider. Method Fest Award (with ensemble), Palm Beach International Film Festival Award for Man in the Chair. National Board of Review Award (with ensemble) for Nicholas Nickleby. 35 more nominations. Also known for: Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Up, Ararat, A Beautiful Mind, Malcolm X, The Amateur, The Silent Partner, The Thorn Birds, The Sound of Music. Voice: Madeline, Counterstrike. Currently: Five Good Years.

 

BILLY MacLELLAN (Afghanada) ACTRA Award for Outstanding Performance – Voice

Gemini nomination for ReGenesis. Previous ACTRA Award nominee for Afghanada. Film: Please Kill Mr. Know it All, Hello October. TV: Bomb Girls, Lost Girl, Flashpoint (multiple characters), Combat Hospital, Republic of Doyle, Heartland, Insecurity, Rookie Blue, The Border, ReGenesis (multiple characters), Murdoch Mysteries, Warriors of Terra, Slings and Arrows. Writer: Afghanada. Writer/Producer/Director: Between the Mountain and the Shore. Cinematographer: Hamlet: Solo.

 

RICK MERCER – ACTRA Toronto’s 2012 Award of Excellence winner

Rick Mercer has enjoyed tremendous success from a young age with This Hour has 22 Minutes, Made in Canada, and Talking to Americans and the Rick Mercer Report. He has garnered over 25 Gemini Awards, a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award in 2004, 7 Canadian Comedy Awards, 3 Writers Guild of Canada Awards and the Sir Peter Ustinov Comedy Award. He holds honorary degrees from six universities. His charitable work includes Spread the Net which provides mosquito nets to children in Africa, Casey House and the Walk for Life which raises funds for people living with HIV/AIDS and It Gets Better, Canada, a video campaign to help LGBT youth overcome bullying. He has entertained Canadian Forces troops in Afghanistan and is the sole civilian recipient of the Canadian Arms Forces Commander Land Force, Command Commendation. Recently, he became an Honorary Patron for Hope Air which arranges free flights for low-income Canadians to get to healthcare. For ACTRA, he has leant his considerable celebrity to our fight for Canadian culture since 2003.

Well into its sixth successful season, DRAGONS’ DEN is leaving the Den to catch up with memorable entrepreneurs who once braved the Den. The special update show airs Wednesday, February 29 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC Television.

After the studio lights and cameras shut off, the lives of the Den’s entrepreneurs can take many different paths. This special edition of DRAGONS’ DEN will take you across the country to reveal what’s happened to your favourite pitchers, track down the most memorable disasters and catch up with some of the biggest success stories in the show’s history.

Tune in to see which pitchers from this season have already cashed in their Dragon cheques – including a 17-year-old racecar driving sensation, a pair of chocolate candy legends, a mother of three with a children’s teaching tool and a deal-a-day website that became the quickest exit in DRAGONS’ DEN history.

Get an inside look at what happened to fan-favourite businesses that got thumbs down from the Dragons – from birch-sap beverages, ethical shoes and a smoked-meat deli on wheels, to an all-female auto-repair shop, Ukrainian vodka and a small cinema with a big dream. Some ventures have achieved amazing success, others weren’t so lucky

Also, see how a real-life phenomenon known as “The Dragons’ Den Effect” has been sweeping the nation – a local cereal from B.C.’s Sunshine Coast is now a multi-million dollar hit, an eco-friendly moving-box company out of Vancouver has become a franchise empire and a small perfume business from Nova Scotia is providing a big boost for farmers in Afghanistan.

As a special bonus, you’ll get exclusive commentary from the Dragons who provide their opinions and insights on these fascinating stories throughout the show.

DRAGONS’ DEN airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET (8:30 NT) on CBC Television.

Weeknights – 7:30pm ET/PT on Global

ET Canada recaps Hollywood’s biggest night – the Academy Awards and dishes on the latest news on your favourite celebrities.

Just For Laughs, the comedy experts, have compiled the best performances of the 2011 Montreal Just For Laughs Festival and created three hilarious CBC Television specials, featuring international comedy stars John Oliver, Russell Peters, and Eric Stonestreet. 

The laughs start with John Oliver’s comedic take on the future, or lack thereof, of the USA with The Decline of the American Empire.

The following week Eric Stonestreet will reflect on relationships alongside a hysterical line-up of comedians in the special Modern Love. Concluding the series is Canada’s own Russell Peters, who hosts “the best night ever” with a personally selected line-up of his favourite and funniest comedian friends. 

The Decline of the American Empire – Tuesday, March 20 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC-TV

What is the American Empire and is it falling? Why watch boring men in suits debate this on CNN? It’s time to dive head first into The Decline of the American Empire, hosted by the one and only John Oliver. The British comic you love from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart hosts a smart, opinionated and equally funny political special featuring wildly popular comedians Colin Quinn, WTF podcast host Marc Maron, and Greg Proops (Whose Line Is It Anyway?). 

Modern Love – Tuesday, March 27 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC-TV

Is your cat your best friend? Do you have a strange intimate relationship with Ben and Jerry’s Chocolate Cookie Dough ice cream? Are you wondering how things are between you and your mother-in-law? There’s nothing like the feeling of love and a relationship, no matter who or what it’s with. Hosted by Modern Family’s Eric Stonestreet and featuring a hysterical line-up of comedians including Canadian single gal, Debra DiGiovanni, Australian musical genius Tim Minchin, and late-night talk show favourite (and badgered husband), Bob Marley. 

Russell Peters Best Night Ever – Tuesday, April 10 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) on CBC-TV

Ever wish you could step into the mind of worldwide comedy star Russell Peters to see who he thinks is funny? Wouldn’t that be the “Best Night Ever?” Well, wish no more! Russell himself will host an epic show featuring a personally selected line-up of his favourite and funniest comedian friends including special guest Jeremy Hotz and starring Jimmy Carr, Sebastian Maniscalco and Nick Thune.

Since the start of her meteoric rise to stardom in 2006, Coco Rocha has taken the fashion world by storm.

Now, Rocha will lend her beauty expertise to a new audience as host of the all-new, digital, reality series from Rogers Media and L’Oréal Canada, Canada’s Best Beauty Talent.

This six-part original web series highlights the nation’s most promising hair and makeup artists as they compete for the coveted tile of Canada’s Best Beauty Talent.

The webisodes will debut this April following the Canada’s Got Talent television broadcasts on Citytv. Additional details will be revealed in the coming weeks.

“Canada has always had a strong output of fashion talent,” said Rocha of her new role as host on Canada’s Best Beauty Talent. “Many of the world’s best-known models and designers are Canadian-born and I am tremendously excited to now be part of a show that recognizes and celebrates top-tier beauty talent in Canada.”

Rocha, who grew up in Vancouver, B.C., has obtained international recognition for her work as a runway model, cover girl, spokesperson and red carpet fashion correspondent. Having worked with some of the most recognized and acclaimed fashion and beauty editors, photographers and designers in the world, Rocha will provide the guidance and support that the contestants of Canada’s Best Beauty Talent will need to succeed not only in the competition, but also in the beauty industry.

“We are ecstatic to have Coco as the host for Canada’s Best Beauty Talent,” said Jacqueline Loch, Vice-President of Client Solutions, Rogers Media. “As a home-grown Canadian and internationally-renowned fashion and style talent, Coco symbolizes the incredible success one can achieve when given the opportunity – exactly what Canada’s Best Beauty Talent represents.”

“Ms. Rocha’s international flair and beauty savvy will amplify the dynamic energy of Canada’s Best Beauty Talent,” said Marie-Josée Lamothe, Vice-President and Chief Marketing & Corporate Communications Officer of L’Oréal Canada.

Discovered by a modelling scout at an Irish dancing competition, Rocha landed her first major appearance on the cover of Vogue Italia’s March 2006 issue. From there, she went on to walk the runway for noted designers Marc Jacobs, Versace, Prada and Chanel, to name a few. Rocha is also frequently featured on the pages of top fashion magazines around the world – including Vogue, Bazaar, Allure and Rogers Media’s own FLARE, among others – and has served as a red carpet fashion correspondent for the 2010 Grammy® Awards and 2010 Video Music Awards. In December 2009, Vogue Paris named Rocha one of the Top 30 models of the decade. The following year, she was awarded Marie Claire’s Prix d’Excellence as their ‘Model of the Year’ and, just three months later, was presented the Elle Style Award for ‘Model of the Year’ by Boy George. Most recently, Rocha was named one of the guest stars in a glamorous global advertising campaign for L’Oreal Paris Preference hair colour.

“As our new model for the L’Oréal Paris brand, we look forward to this continued relationship with Coco and the invaluable knowledge and recognition she brings with her,” said Hugo Thibault, Brand Communications Director for L’Oréal Paris in Canada.

As determined as she is successful, Rocha is also a strong advocate of promoting a healthy body image and sits on the advisory board for The Model Alliance, which works to establish basic worker rights for models.

Rocha will be joined on Canada’s Best Beauty Talent by additional high-profile judges and guest experts, all of whom will be announced in the coming weeks.